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Don’t Worry, Be Merry — These 5 Last-Minute Holiday Gifts Will Save Christmas!

You don’t have to pass through the seven levels of the Candy Cane forest and the sea of swirly-twirly gum drops to find the perfect holiday gift. Sure, Christmas is only days away, but keep your cool — there’s still time to pick up a fabulous gift like the ones featured here. Read on!




Bernardo Miami Shearling Slipper, $98. Available at Bernardo1946.c0m

Cozier than Santa’s fluffy red suit, the Bernardo Miami Shearling Slippers offer feet a fluffy, cloud-like surface and nuzzle toes with their plush straps.


Beautyblender Blender For All Seasons Gift Set, $65. Available at BeautyBlender.com and select Sephora stores.

If you haven’t yet used one the iconic, teardrop-shaped, reusable, edge-less beautyblender sponge to apply or blend your tinted moisturizer, foundation, concealer, cream blush or contouring bronzer and highlighter, then your FOMO has a solid foundation. This innovative sponge has not only earned the devotion of even the most persnickety of makeup lovers, but it’s spawned countless imitators (none of whom have come close to replicating the genius of the original, of course!).  What makes the beautyblender so great? Well, its pointed tip allows you to access hard-to-reach places like the nostrils, the hairline area, and the inner corners of eyes, while the more bulbous parts cover a lot of surface area quickly. Hence, the sponge gives you as much precision as you need. Moreover, beautyblender sponges feature an open cell structure that fills with small amounts of water when wet. Because of this property, any makeup product you apply to the sponge sits on top of its surface rather than being absorbed, ensuring you don’t waste any product. And, since they’re reusable, you can simply wash your beautyblender when ready, let it air dry, and reuse as needed.

Now, if you’re anything like me and you’ve become an expert procrastinator when it comes to cleaning makeup brushes and sponges, then you’ll likely want more than one beautyblender for which you can reach. With this four-piece set — which includes sponges in light baby pink, bright hot pink, soft lavender, and deep royal purple — you’ll always have a beautyblender at your beck and call. Even better, you can prop the beautyblender you’re currently using atop a crystal “nest” so that it will remain upright and not roll off your vanity table as you do your makeup!






Book of the Month Club Gift Membership, $44.99 for 3 months; $79.99 for 6 months; and $129.99 for 12 months. Available at BookoftheMonth.com/gift

As Oscar Wilde wrote, “With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?” You may not be able to reach up to the night sky and lasso the moon, then wrap a bow around it and present it to your loved ones as a holiday gift, but they’re probably more than happy to admire the moon from afar. Want to give them a tactile experience that will instill in them a sense of wonder? Well, that’s what books are for! With an endless supply of prime reading material, your beloved bibliophiles can unleash their imaginations and explore new worlds and ideas. Through a Book of the Month Club subscription, then, you can provide them with a monthly delivery of a book of their choice (yes, they can go online, and select from the titles shown!), early access to new literary releases, and even the option to skip a month’s delivery (should their schedules get too hectic). You can select between a 3-month, 6-month, and 12-month membership and, get this: when you purchase a gift membership, you’ll receive a free one-month membership of your very own!


Lanolips Lemonaid Lip Treatment Bauble, $16. Available at Nordstrom stores and Nordstrom.com

Glittery ornaments are all fine and good, but can they leave with you with kissable lips? Absolutely not! Add an element of surprise to your holiday tree with the Lanolips Lemonaid Lip Treatment Bauble, a lemon-scented, moisturizing lip balm packed in a festive tube that you can easily hang on any tree branch. The 0.42 oz. lip treatment is free of any parabens, artificial fragrances, mineral oils, sulfates, phthalates, petrolatum, and mineral oils. Instead, this pout-perfecting wonder features lanolin, which is extracted from sheep’s wool during their annual shearing (without any harm to the animals, of course!), and which features a molecular structure similar to that of human skin lipids, making it an excellent skin-compatible moisturizer. In addition to lanolin, this lip treatment contains organic lemon oil, which naturally exfoliates lips to leave them smooth and soft.




Benefit Cosmetics The Complexionista Face Palette, $32. Available at Sephora stores and Sephora.com

Go from Linda Danvers to Supergirl with Benefit’s The Complexionista Face Palette, which features everything you need to hide under-eye circles and blemishes, and to contour and highlight your features. The palette opens like a tiny board book, revealing six complexion-perfecting products. The first row features two shades of the Boi-ing Industrial Strength Concealer: 01 and 02. The center row, meanwhile, features two shades of bronzer that are ideal for creating shadows, thereby contouring the face: the  award-winning Hoola Matte Bronzer and the Hoola Lite Bronzer, which is a lighter shade and features a hint of shimmer. The last row contains two products designed to highlight your cheekbones, cupid’s bow, and the ridge of the nose: the Dandelion Twinkle powder luminizer, a pink-ish nude shade with plenty of sparkle, and the Watt’s Up cream-to-powder highlighter which, when worked onto skin, gives it a lit-from-within radiance.

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